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Fireplace Inserts

Previously published at highschimney.com

What's the difference between Fireplaces and Fireplace Inserts?

There is a lot of confusion about these terms. After all, a "fireplace" ought to be any place you can have a fire, right? Yep, but there is a difference anyway and today I'll lay it out for everyone.

With heating oil at $4.00 a gallon many homeowners are considering to, at least partially, heat their homes with good ole Maine firewood at a fraction of the heating costs. The pay back time for investing in an EPA clean burning wood burning fireplace insert is usually less than two years. Here is how to get started. 

When you want the heating quality you get from a wood stove, but already have an existing fireplace, you can look at a wood stove insert instead. This type of insert fits into your existing fireplace space and converts the fireplace into a self-contained system.

Fireplaces can wear out over time and continued use when not properly maintained. Many older homes which were built with fireplaces get unused because of their lack of energy efficiency.

When you like the current style and design of your fireplace, but are tired of its inefficiency to properly heat your home, then you should look at getting a wood stove insert.

When you want a modern style of fireplace but already have an existing unit, there are a few different options available. You could rip out your old fireplace and replace it with a brand new energy efficient design.

To transform an inefficient existing wood burning fireplace or zero clearance fireplace, have fireplace inserts installed. Fireplace inserts can add the warmth and ambiance of a traditional fireplace back to your home, but with a reliability not found in traditional wood burning fireplaces.

Should you have an older home with a wood burning fireplace, you may be losing heat up the chimney and outdoors. During the cold winter months, heat is actually drawn from inside the house and out the chimney instead of providing heat to your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you install an EPA certified wood stove insert in place of your old brick fireplace to reduce smoke and increase efficiency of wood burned in your home.

Older types of wood stoves are not energy efficient, and actually allow a good portion of the heat to go up the chimney and right out of the house. As the fire burns, warm air is sucked into the stove to help with combustion.

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